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Thursday Overnights: Sitcom ‘Marlon’ Left at the Return Gate on NBC

NBC's 'Little Big Shots' Moves to the Night with Positive Results

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Household Rating/Share
CBS: 3.2/ 6, NBC: 2.4/ 5, ABC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 1.7/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1

Percent Change From the Year-Ago Evening:

Fox: +55, CBS: +10, NBC: + 9, CW: -17, ABC: -20

Ratings Breakdown:
NBC got some mileage in the Thursday 8 p.m. ET hour care of “Little Big Shots,” hosted by Steve Harvey, which moved into the time period with a 3.7 rating/7 share in the metered market households. Comparably, that trailed encore telecasts of “The Big Bang Theory” (#1 for the night: 4.2/ 8) and “Young Sheldon” (#1: 4.0/ 7) by an average of 10 percent.

In season-premiere news, two episodes of NBC sitcom “Marlon” could not compete. The 9 p.m. ET edition opened with a third-place 2.0/ 4, which trailed a repeat of “Mom” on CBS (3.6/ 6) by 44 percent and was 47 percent below the 8:30 p.m. portion of lead-in “Little Big Shots” (3.8/ 7). And the 9:30 p.m. edition dipped to a fourth-place 1.7/ 3.

Also original last night was Fox competition “The Four: Battle of Stardom,” which was singing the blues at a modest 1.7/ 3 in the household overnights from 8-10 p.m. The remainder of the evening were repeats.

What follows are the household overnight ratings for Thursday, June 14 broken out by half-hour:

8:00 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud” (R): 2.9/ 6 (#3)
CBS – “The Big Bang Theory” (R): 4.2/ 8 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (time period premiere): 3.6/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

8:30 p.m.
ABC – “Celebrity Family Feud” (R): 2.9/ 5 (#3)
CBS – “Young Sheldon” (R): 4.0/ 7 (#1)
NBC – “Little Big Shots” (time period premiere): 3.8/ 7 (#2)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.5/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Supernatural” (R): 0.6/ 1 (#5)

9:00 p.m.
ABC – “The $100,000 Pyramid” (R): 2.4/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Mom” (R): 3.6/ 6 (#2)
NBC – “Marlon” (season premiere): 2.0/ 4 (#3)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.8/ 3 (#4)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

9:30 p.m.
ABC – “The $100,000 Pyramid” (R): 2.5/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “Life in Pieces” (R): 2.6/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “Marlon”: 1.7/ 3 (#4)
Fox – “The Four: Battle for Stardom”: 1.9/ 3 (#3)
CW – “Black Lightning” (R): 0.5/ 1 (#5)

10:00 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth” (R): 1.9/ 4 (#2)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.5/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#3)

10:30 p.m.
ABC – “To Tell the Truth” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#2t)
CBS – “S.W.A.T. (R): 2.5/ 5 (#1)
NBC – “Law & Order: SVU” (R): 1.7/ 3 (#2t)

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Despite being different (multi cam vs single cam), Young Sheldon just fits like a glove out of Big Bang. I do wonder how it will do on its own after Big Bang ends.

    • It definitely won’t be as high as on its own is my guess, I think it lives off of BBT. If YS was never based on BBT I could easily see it struggling and may be cancelled by this point.

      • Yeah, I think if it had just been a show developed as new, not a spin off, it would not have had the success. I like the show but not sure if I would have latched onto it if not for Big Bang.

  2. Marlon being thrown to the summer was straight disrespectful it should’ve aired behind Will & Grace instead of Great News I stand behind that to this day.

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